How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project

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Bailey, Regina. "How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project." ThoughtCo, Jun. 27, 2016, thoughtco.com/write-bibliography-for-science-fair-project-4056999. Bailey, Regina. (2016, June 27). How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/write-bibliography-for-science-fair-project-4056999 Bailey, Regina. "How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/write-bibliography-for-science-fair-project-4056999 (accessed September 24, 2017).
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How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project

When performing a science fair project, it is important that you keep track of all the sources you use in your research. This includes books, magazines, journals, and Web sites. You will need to list these source materials in a bibliography. Bibliographic information is typically written in either Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) format.

Be sure to check with your science project instruction sheet in order to find out which method is required by your instructor. Use the format advised by your instructor.

Here's How:

MLA: Book

  1. Write the author's last name, first name and middle name or initial.
  2. Write the name of the article or chapter from your source in quotation marks.
  3. Write the title of the book or source.
  4. Write the place where your source was published (city) followed by a colon.
  5. Write the publisher name, date and volume followed by a colon and the page numbers.
  6. Write the publication medium.

MLA: Magazine

  1. Write the author's last name, first name.
  2. Write the title of the article in quotation marks.
  3. Write the title of the magazine in italics.
  4. Write the publication date followed by a colon and the page numbers.
  5. Write the publication medium.

MLA: Website

  1. Write the author's last name, first name.
  2. Write the name of the article or page title in quotation marks.
  1. Write the title of the Web site.
  2. Write the name of the sponsoring institution or publisher (if any) followed by a comma.
  3. Write the date published.
  4. Write the publication medium.
  5. Write the date the information was accessed.
  6. (Optional) Write the URL in angle brackets.

MLA Examples:

  1. Here is an example for a book -- Smith, John B. "Science Fair Fun." Experiment Time. New York: Sterling Pub. Co., 1990. Vol. 2:10-25. Print.
  1. Here is an example for a magazine -- Carter, M. "The Magnificent Ant." Nature 4 Feb. 2014:10-40. Print.
  2. Here is an example for a Web site -- Bailey, Regina. "How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project." About Biology. 9 Mar. 2000. Web. 7 Jan. 2014. <http://biology.about.com/od/biologysciencefair/fl/How-to-Write-a-Bibliography-For-a-Science-Fair-Project.htm>.
  3. Here is an example for a conversation -- Martin, Clara. Telephone conversation. 12 Jan. 2016.

APA: Book

  1. Write the author's last name, first initial.
  2. Write the year of publication in parenthesis.
  3. Write the title of the book or source.
  4. Write the place where your source was published (city, state) followed by a colon.

APA: Magazine

  1. Write the author's last name, first initial.
  2. Write the year of publication, month of publication in parenthesis.
  3. Write the title of the article.
  4. Write the title of the magazine in italics, volume, issue in parenthesis, and page numbers.

APA: Web site

  1. Write the author's last name, first initial.
  2. Write the year, month, and day of publication in parenthesis.
  3. Write the title of the article.
  4. Write Retrieved from followed by the URL.

APA Examples:

  1. Here is an example for a book -- Smith, J. (1990). Experiment Time. New York, NY: Sterling Pub. Company.
  1. Here is an example for a magazine -- Adams, F. (2012, May). House of the carnivorous plants. Time, 123(12), 23-34.
  2. Here is an example for a Web site -- Bailey, R. (2000, March 9). How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project. Retrieved from http://biology.about.com/od/biologysciencefair/fl/How-to-Write-a-Bibliography-For-a-Science-Fair-Project.htm.
  3. Here is an example for a conversation -- Martin, C. (2016, January 12). Personal Conversation.

The bibliography formats used in this listing are based on the MLA 7th Edition and APA 6th Edition.

Science Fair Projects

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Your Citation
Bailey, Regina. "How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project." ThoughtCo, Jun. 27, 2016, thoughtco.com/write-bibliography-for-science-fair-project-4056999. Bailey, Regina. (2016, June 27). How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/write-bibliography-for-science-fair-project-4056999 Bailey, Regina. "How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/write-bibliography-for-science-fair-project-4056999 (accessed September 24, 2017).